2010 milestone for transition to digital television in Europe

In the latest report on the television industry from the European Audiovisual Observatory, 2010 is highlighted as a milestone year for the switch from analogue to digital transmission in Europe. The analogue switch-off has now taken place in 12 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). By January 2011, switch-off will also have taken place in Austria, Croatia, Iceland, Malta and Slovenia.

The report highlights that there are now Pay DTT (digital terrestrial television) services in 19 European countries (14 EU Member States), and the number of channels available on all the DTT platforms now totals more than 1460 (including approximately 700 local channels). HD channels are available on DTT in eight European countries.

However, the rollout of DTT has not been without its problems; Pay DTT has been cancelled or postponed in several countries, and the entire DTT launch delayed in others.

The full press release is available on the European Audiovisual Observatory website.

Publication date: 28 Oct 2010

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